Just wanted to say I'm in the same exact boat as you. As a matter of fact, I think I even hit it around the same point - the third book. I agree, the
Ok, found something just as good, it was also included in "Masterpieces," another collection by Orson Scott Card (my favorite author):
I read it very recently, and really enjoyed it. In many ways my immediate impression was that story telling was much more straightforward than several
If you want something similar to High Crusade, try The Excalibur Alternative by David Weber, or L'Empire du Baphomet (1972); translated as Cosmic Crusaders
wow, awesome! Thank you so much! I just found out that it was released in a collection of short stories by him called "Kaleidoscope"